Chinese President Visits Pakistan To Finalize Billion-Dollar Trade Route Plan

April 20, 2015 8:26 PM

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China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan today for a two-day estate visit. The two neighbors are close allies, but this visit is being billed as a geopolitical game changer. It involves the promise of tens of billions of dollars in investment and a plan to link China to the Middle East via Pakistan. We're joined from Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, by NPR's Philip Reeves. And, Phil, what was the scene as President Xi arrived in the capital? This is his first visit to Pakistan.

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Yes. It was quite extraordinary. His plane was escorted in by eight Pakistani fighter jet. And all over Islamabad there are these giant, Chinese-style plastic decorations, you know, tulips and huge billboards, also, bearing slogans talking about the Pakistani friendship being ...

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